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Why Should You Visit the Cape Neddick Lighthouse?


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The Cape Neddick Lighthouse, also known as the Nubble Lighthouse, is one of Maine’s most popular tourist attractions. Amazing views from the park, beautiful local scenery, and the rich history of the lighthouse make it one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world! During your visit to York, taking your picture in front of the Cape Neddick Lighthouse is a must.

At Dockside Guest Quarters, we want you to have the very best visit to southern Maine!

Cape Neddick Lighthouse History

To protect the lives of sailors traveling by Maine’s rocky shores, the citizens of York petitioned the U.S. Government for a lighthouse. President Hayes spent $15,000 in 1874 to build a lighthouse on what he called a “nub” of an island. Several years later, the lighthouse opened on July 1, 1879.

In 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard took over the responsibility of running the state’s lighthouses. The Coast Guard took care of the lighthouse until 1987, when the lighthouse was equipped with automated lights, removing the need for a human operator. Shortly after, the Cape Neddick Lighthouse was quickly added to the National Register of Historic Places. A lease was also signed between the U.S. government and the Town of York in 1987 to guarantee the lighthouse’s regular maintenance. The lighthouse was handed over to York 10 years later.

What to Do at the Cape Neddick Lighthouse

Don’t forget to bring your cameras for this visit! While you’re in the park, there will be plenty of activities for you to partake in, aside from admiring the lighthouse of course. Popular park activities include picnic lunches, fishing, scuba diving, and more. Please keep in mind that certain activities are only available during specific seasons and Nubble Island (the land that the Cape Neddick Lighthouse actually sits on) is inaccessible to the public. However, the park provides spectacular views of the lighthouse and the surrounding area. Visit the Nubble Lighthouse website for more information!

Cape Neddick Lighthouse Weddings

The stunning beauty of the lighthouse makes a perfect backdrop for a wedding. Many couples have exchanged their vows at Schier Park, and York provides plenty of romantic activities for you, your wedding party, and guests to experience.

Can’t Get Enough Of Maine’s Lighthouses? 

York is in close proximity to several of Maine’s most beautiful and famous lighthouses. Some of the nearby beacons you can visit include Goat Island Lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse, and the Boon Island Light. Check out this list of the most spectacular lighthouses near Dockside Guest Quarters.

Experience the Lighthouses and More of Beautiful York at Dockside Guest Quarters

With spectacular water views and comfortable amenities, Dockside Guest Quarters & Restaurant is the ideal lodging option during your dream Maine getaway. Over 60 years of hospitality has prepared us to offer you only the finest service in one of the most scenic locations in the state. Take a look at our roomsor contact us today to start planning your Maine vacation!